One of Nigeria’s largest airline, Air Peace, revealed it had laid off a number of pilots and cut salaries in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on its operations.
The private carrier did not disclose the number of pilots affected, but industry sources put the figure at around 70.
Air Peace serves cities in Nigeria as well as elsewhere in West Africa and in the Middle East.
The group said in a statement that its decision was taken for the greater good of the company and its almost 3000 workforce.
It further said anything short of what has been done may lead to the collapse of an airline as could be seen in some places worldwide during this period. Therefore, the company decided to review the salaries being paid to all staff.
Many other airlines in other parts of the world have taken similar measures to stay afloat.
Global businesses have been hit by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic since its outbreak late last year, 2019.